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Caring

Whatever I do in life,

whomever I meet,

I am first

and always

one-caring

or one-cared-for.

— Nell Noddings, “Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education”, p. 175

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Shared life

The earth is my sister. I love her daily grace, her silent daring, and how loved I am. How we admire the strength in each other, all that we have lost, all that we have suffered, all that we know. We are stunned by this beauty, and I do not forget, what she is to me, what I am to her.

— Susan Griffith

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Friendship with God

Actually, one of the first things that happens when we make connection with divine love is that we fall apart. Everything we have relied on — our intelligence and will power and good intentions — fails as we try to lay hold of mystery. And only after we fail and fall apart are we in the position to deepen our friendship with God.

— Vinita Hampton Wright, “Days of Deepening Friendship”, p. 77

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In my heart

I was minding my own business, really.

But that day something opened, like a door,

or my heart, as if Someone had walked into

the room and was simply there.

— Vinita Hampton Wright, “Days of Deepening Friendship”, p. 142

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Why not?

“Why not” is a slogan

for an interesting

life.

— Mason Cooley

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Blessing of hope

May you give your hope room to breathe and expand.

May your anticipated dreams find a voice and a home in your life.

May hope move freely through your heart, gifting your spirit with enthusiasm and joy.

May you walk through spring storms with a strong sense of purpose, undaunted by fear.

— Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr, “The Circle of Life”, p. 102

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If at times

we are somewhat stunned

by the tempest,

never fear;

let us take breath,

and go on

afresh.

— Francis de Sales

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